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Fall 2017-2018
* VIS 307 / AAS 307 (LA)   na, npdf

Film Blackness

Michael B. Gillespie

This seminar will frame the idea of black film as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race, rather than black film as a demographic, or a genre, or a reflection of the black experience, or something bound by a representational politics of positive and negative stereotypes. Black film will be critically considered as an interdisciplinary practice that enacts a distinct visual and expressive culture alongside literature, music, art, photography, and new media. Students will consider new paradigms for genre, narrative, aesthetics, historiography, and intertextuality within this overarching concept of black film.

Sample reading list:
Spike Lee, Passing Strange
Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep
Michel Gondry, Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Julia Dash, Illusions
Terrance Nance, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Ayoka Chenzira, Hairpiece

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students lead class discussions and write five prompt questions per week, produce a Final Paper proposal with annotated bibliography, make an in-class presentation of their final paper, submit final paper

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Other information:
This course will include multiple in-class visiting filmmakers as well as a public screening series. Grading: 20% Participation = Prompt arrival to class, respectful treatment of facilities, attendance at extracurricular events

Reserved Seats:
Juniors and Seniors Only 20
First Year Ug/Sophomores Only 10


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22951 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Nassau Street, 185   111   Enrolled:5 Limit:30
22824 F01 07:30:00 pm - 09:40:00 pm W   Nassau Street, 185   110   Enrolled:5 Limit:30